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Library Census Maps 1,000 Federal Libraries

From an LC News Release:

Profiles of U.S. federal libraries from around the world are now available online. Presented dynamically with an interactive mapping tool, the Federal Library Directory displays geographic and collections data from more than 1,000 libraries. This publicly available dataset identifies members of the federal library and information center community and offers current information on their locations, collections, services and specialties.

Sponsored by the Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC), with research assistance from the Federal Research Division (FRD), this virtual directory provides a comprehensive view of agency library efforts both in the United States and throughout the world. The compiled data includes details on collections, staff size, leadership, circulation and reference services.

“This directory raises awareness of federal libraries and information resource centers and the resources these organizations maintain,” said Blane Dessy, FLICC’s Executive Director. “We are offering this data set to the public so that scholars can use the tool to locate government resources more easily and library researchers can access current data on federal libraries.”

FRD analysts surveyed federal library programs and then supplemented the survey data received with research and outreach to compile additional data from a variety of federal library programs.

“Our collaboration with FLICC on this directory was an opportunity to engage the entire federal library community,” said David L. Osborne, chief of the FRD. “With an updated directory and geospatial mapping of the results, patrons and agencies can now optimize their access to resources and target their research to meet any number of mission objectives.”

Federal Library Directory Info Page

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